Chia imports show strong growth while prices are stable

Larger import volume Last year chia imports of the European Union increased by 37%. This is compared to the year before, each year starting in April and ending in March (Figure 1). The four main chia exporting countries, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Mexico, exported a total of 16905 tons to European Union countries. Paraguay has … Read moreChia imports show strong growth while prices are stable

European quinoa imports drop and price falls

Smaller import volume For the first since the quinoa boom began in 2013, there is a small decrease of 6.5% in European quinoa imports instead of growth (Figure 1). Bolivian exports have grown a lot and exports from Ecuador a little, but Peruvian exports are much lower, in the year ending February 2018. The increase … Read moreEuropean quinoa imports drop and price falls

New rules for placing novel foods on the European market

As of 1 January 2018, the new Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods (the new Regulation) is applicable. It repeals and replaces Regulation (EC) No 258/97 and Regulation (EC) No 1852/2001 which were in force until 31 December 2017. According to the new rules, all products previously approved are now included in a ‘Union List’ … Read moreNew rules for placing novel foods on the European market

Unstable supply stimulates new business strategies for Processed Fruit and Vegetable (PFV) industry

As a result of adverse weather the processed fruits and vegetables industry faces major challenges in the supply of raw material, and more businesses choose to take primary production in their own hands. This is one of the main trends mentioned by the expert participants during the PFV Focus Group meeting organised by CBI. Many … Read moreUnstable supply stimulates new business strategies for Processed Fruit and Vegetable (PFV) industry

Coconut sugar has great untapped potential

Coconut palm sugar, or palm blossom sugar, is gradually being discovered in western markets as a natural sweetener with some surprising benefits for companies and consumers. The product has a distinct taste and rich flavour, unlike any other natural sweetener. Compared to natural cane sugar, the sweetness is somewhat less pronounced and the flavour is … Read moreCoconut sugar has great untapped potential

Market information about grains and pulses published

Beans, lentils and other pulses are enjoying an increasing popularity as a vegetarian and healthy food.The International Year of the Pulses, which is now coming to an end, has given an additional boost to these products, which often go unnoticed in the market. Not anymore: new market information about the grains and pulses sector has … Read moreMarket information about grains and pulses published

New insights in health benefits of low glycemic food

Recent studies confirmed the theory that low glycemic food  has certain health benefits as opposed to high glycemic food, but these insights are not yet generally accepted by health authorities. Low GI foods are less likely to cause large increases in blood sugar levels, and an effect on obesity and diabetes is widely recognized. Recently … Read moreNew insights in health benefits of low glycemic food

Annual peer group meeting for Spices and Herbs

On 16th of March 2016, Mercadero facilitated the annual peer group meeting on Spices and Herbs with the aim to gather up-to-date knowledge for market information, which will be published by the CBI later this year. During the meeting, business representatives, market researchers and representatives of sustainability initiatives discussed the latest trends and developments in … Read moreAnnual peer group meeting for Spices and Herbs